• Q&A: Mick Jagger, the film producer, heads to work

    Updated: 27 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Song credits won't be the latest place to feature Mick Jagger's name. Instead, look to upcoming films and TV shows. The Rolling Stones frontman has been busy producing projects, from this year's James Brown biopic "Get on Up" to a not-yet-titled HBO series directed by Martin Scorsese. Jagger is also behind the HBO documentary "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown," which debuts Monday (9 p.m. EDT). The rock icon said he was asked to produce the documentary before the film. "I was really interested, but I was kind of a bit documentary-ed out at that point," the 71-year-old said with a laugh, explaining that he was asked to produce "Mr. Dynamite" around the time he finished working on the 2012 Stones' d

  • Iggy Azalea, 'Gone Girl' up for Logo TV awards

    Updated: 30 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Iggy Azalea, actor Bryan Cranston and the film "Gone Girl" are nominees for Logo TV's 2014 New Now Next Awards. The network announced Thursday that singer Sam Smith, the ABC series "How to Get Away With Murder" and the play "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" are also up for awards. The show will tape Dec. 2 in Miami, and air Dec. 7 on Logo and Dec. 12 on MTV. The New Now Next Awards honor musicians, TV shows, films and Broadway productions that have had breakthroughs in the past year. Gwen Stefani is nominated for best new television personality for her role on NBC's "The Voice." Michael Cera will compete with Cranston for best new Broadway lead actor. Fan voting begins Thursday. ___

  • Dancing priests become Internet sensation

    Updated: 45 min ago

    ROME (AP) — A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract. The Rev. David Rider, 29, of Hyde Park, New York, and the Rev. John Gibson, 28, of Milwaukee, first shot to Internet fame when they were filmed in April during a fundraiser at the North American College, the elite American seminary up the hill from the Vatican. Rider warmed up the crowd with a lively tap-dance routine, only to be pushed aside by Gibson's fast-footed Irish dance. Soon they were battling it out, trying to impress the crowd. At the back of the room, journalist Joan Lewis rec

  • NY court backs EMI over Duke Ellington royalties

    Updated: 51 min ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's highest court has refused to reinstate the lawsuit by Duke Ellington's heirs against music publisher EMI. The late pianist, bandleader and composer wrote "It Don't Mean a Thing" and other big band hits. The heirs have been seeking half the royalties from foreign sales of his music. Their 2010 suit alleges breach of the 1961 standard songwriter royalty contract. Ellington signed the deal with Mills Music, predecessor of EMI, now part of global Sony/ATV Music. The contract calls for an even split of net revenue. EMI deducts 50 percent commissions to foreign subpublishers, which it now owns, before splitting the rest with the heirs.

  • 'Little Dancer' musical readies for opening in DC

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen," a sculpture by Edgar Degas that can be seen in museums around the world, is coming to life in a musical debuting on the Kennedy Center stage in Washington. The $7 million production opens Saturday for previews. It is the brainchild of playwright and lyricist Lynn Ahrens, composer Stephen Flaherty and director and choreographer Susan Stroman. The show was born out of a love of dance and their shared interest in one of the most important sculptures at the National Gallery of Art, one that depicts a defiant 14-year-obmld dancer who posed for Degas. The original wax-and-clay sculpture from 1881 is held by the National Gallery.

  • Sting and his 'The Last Ship' star go home

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The actors in Sting's musical "The Last Ship" have plenty of pressure these days. The show is making its Broadway debut. There are last-minute changes. And Sting is pacing in the darkness. "I'm at the back there every night, mouthing every syllable, which is an extra burden the poor things have," says the Grammy Award-winner at the Neil Simon Theatre. "They know I'm listening." Hearing this, one of the stars, Rachel Tucker, nods and laughs. "It's true," she says. "He'll be, 'Where was the 't' in 'light?'" Sting's tremendous skills as a songwriter — not to mention his perfectionist streak — are both being tested with "The Last Ship," which opens Sunday.

  • Sam Smith, 5SOS, Blige to perform 2014 AMAs

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Breakthrough newcomers Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer will take the stage at the 2014 American Music Awards. Dick Clark Productions announced Thursday that Mary J. Blige will join the British pop crooner and Australian boy band at the Nov. 23 event at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. It will air live on ABC. Smith and 5SOS will compete for new artist of the year. Iggy Azalea is the leading nominee at the AMAs with six. John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams each have five nominations. Lorde is up for four honors at the fan-voted show. Those acts are all nominated for artist of the year, competing with Beyonce, Luke Bryan, Eminem, Imagine Dragons and One Direction. Pitbull will host the sh

  • Guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is cancer-free

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — British guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is free of cancer, two years after being told he had months to live. The former member of rowdy blues-rockers Dr. Feelgood launched what he said would be a farewell tour after being diagnosed in 2012 with incurable pancreatic cancer. He also recorded a "final" album with Roger Daltrey of The Who. He told The Associated Press at the time that the diagnosis had made him feel "intensely alive" and renewed his creativity. Accepting a trophy Wednesday at the Q Awards in London, Johnson, 67, said that after meeting a doctor "curious as to why I'm not dead," he had undergone radical surgery at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, England, to remove a 3-kilogram (6.6-pound

  • 'La Bamba' Star Elizabeth Pena Died from Alcohol Abuse

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Elizabeth Pena -- who became famous playing Ritchie Valens' brother's baby mama in "La Bamba" -- died from complications from alcohol abuse, TMZ reports. According to the death certificate -- obtained by TMZ -- Pena suffered from cirrhosis of the liver "due to alcohol."  She had the disease for months, but it became acute shortly before her death. The death certificate says the 55-year-old had acute gastrointestinal bleeding hours before her death, which caused her heart to stop. Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/10/22/elizabeth-pena-cause-of-death-alcoholism-cirrhosis-heart-attack-dead/#ixzz3GxqBQmZq

  • Charli XCX surprises at school homecoming dance

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charli XCX took a break from touring Wednesday night to perform at an unlikely venue: a high school gymnasium. The chart-topping 22-year-old pop star delivered the tunes "I Love It," ''Fancy" and "Boom Clap" to a crowd of excited high school students at Aspire Pacific Academy's homecoming dance. She later manned the DJ booth. "Homecoming dances and proms are an American thing I've always been very fascinated with because all of my favorite movies end with a prom or something like that," said Charli, who was born and raised in England. "I was really excited because I thought it was going to be like my own 'Jawbreaker' moment.

  • Kenny G distances self from Hong Kong protesters

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    HONG KONG (AP) — Smooth jazz star Kenny G insisted Thursday he's not a foreign provocateur supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, after Beijing signaled its displeasure over his inharmonious visit and repeated concerns about meddling by external forces. The American musician created a stir when he tweeted Wednesday about his visit to the semiautonomous southern Chinese city, where thousands of student-led protesters have occupied streets for more than three weeks to press their demands for greater democratic reforms. "In Hong Kong at the sight of the demonstration. I wish everyone a peaceful and positive conclusion to this situation," he wrote.

  • Arab Idol winner wants to give back to Gaza

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Last year's feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors. The center would be funded by Palestinian Americans who have pledged support, Mohammed Assaf, 24, said in an interview in the Gaza City office of The Associated Press. He said he is waiting for a new Palestinian unity government to establish a foothold in Gaza before moving ahead. Until recently, the territory was ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas which has ceded some control.

  • Judge nixes Teresa Giudice's halfway house bid

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge won't recommend that prison officials allow "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice to serve most of her prison sentence in a halfway house. A lawyer for Giudice had filed a letter with a judge in Newark this week, asking for a recommendation that she serve 12 months in a halfway house. Prosecutors opposed the request, and U.S. District Judge Esther Salas announced Wednesday that she would not make the recommendation. The judge said Giudice should have made the request to serve time at a halfway house — the maximum that could be served at such facilities — at her Oct. 2 sentencing. But even then, the judge said, she likely would have denied it.

  • Search for world's funniest person moves to Vegas

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An international search to find the world's funniest person is moving to Las Vegas, where people will get to see five finalists square off in an Olympics of comedy that pits France, Finland and other countries against one another. The finalists were determined by online voters who saw 10 comics take the stage at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood during a Monday night jokefest that was streamed on the club's website. The finals will take place Friday at the Laugh Factory's sister club in Las Vegas. The winner will be announced after online voting closes Monday. Finalists are Saad Haroon of Pakistan, Mustapha El Atrassi of France, Archie Bezos of Spain, Nitin Mirani of United Arab Emirates and Ismo Leiko

  • Survey: Harassment a common part of online life

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life. The first-of-its-kind report by the Pew Research Center found that nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet have witnessed online harassment. Forty percent have experienced it themselves. The types of harassment Pew asked about range from name-calling to physical threats, sexual harassment and stalking. Half of those who were harassed said they didn't know the person who had most recently attacked them. Young adults — people 18 to 29 — were the most likely age group to see and undergo online harassment. Women ages 18 to 24 were disproportionately the victims of stalking

  • Zoe Saldana Wants This Word To Disappear

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Zoe Saldana is all about voicing her thoughts, but there's one word the "Avatar" star says she's ready to retire. The first time mother-to-be visited The Queen Latifah Show on Tuesday to talk about her role in “The Book Of Life,” and discuss everything from equality to what it takes to be a “real man.”

  • Julie Bowen Sets The Record Straight About Abused Co-Star

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Julie Bowen wants to set the record straight about her young "Modern Family" co-star Sarah Hyland. Hyland made news in September after securing a restraining order against her abusive ex-boyfriend, Matthew Prokop. TMZ obtained documents that stated Hyland phoned Bowen in a panic, and Bowen then attempted to help broker peace between the young couple. After witnessing Prokop's abusive antics, Bowen reportedly told Hyland she should leave her home because she "wasn't safe."

  • Renee Zellweger Speaks Out: 'I'm Glad Folks Think I Look Different'

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Renee Zellweger is speaking out in light of the barrage of attention her new look has received after she stepped out at the 21st annual Elle Women In Hollywood Awards on Monday night. "I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows," the 45-year-old actress told People magazine.

  • NBC promoting Weir, Lipinski to top skating team

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's top pairs figure skating couple is in place: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir. After attracting attention for their rapport and fashion sense in an understudy role at the Sochi Olympics, Lipinski and Weir were promoted by NBC on Wednesday to its top figure skating broadcast team. With figure skating the marquee sport during the Winter Games, the promotion will make the former Olympians two of TV's most visible personalities in 2018 in South Korea. They'll team with play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon, starting their new role Sunday during NBC's telecast of the Skate America competition. "Give us one minute or an hour, we are going to be up," Weir said. "That is all we can be is up.

  • Renee Zellweger: 'People don't know me in my 40s'

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Renee Zellweger says she looks different because she's "living a different, happy, more fulfilling life." The 45-year-old Oscar winner issued a statement to People magazine late Tuesday after she became a trending topic on Twitter, with many fans claiming the actress had become "unrecognizable." Her appearance at a Hollywood event earlier this week sparked widespread Internet chatter. Zellweger's most recent acting credit was in 2010, and she says, "People don't know me in my 40s." She said she has concentrated on her health and personal development in recent years and is "thrilled that perhaps it shows.